The biggest lie in American history. From the White House web site:
"So let me begin by saying this to you and to the American people: I know that there are millions of Americans who are content with their health care coverage -- they like their plan and, most importantly, they value their relationship with their doctor. They trust you. And that means that no matter how we reform health care, we will keep this promise to the American people: If you like your doctor, you will be able to keep your doctor, period. (Applause.) If you like your health care plan, you'll be able to keep your health care plan, period. (Applause.) No one will take it away, no matter what. My view is that health care reform should be guided by a simple principle: Fix what's broken and build on what works. And that's what we intend to do." -- Barack Obama, Address to the American Medical Association, June 15, 2009
Prior to making the sweeping and emphatic statement above Obama recognized that there's "a worry that we may lose what works about our health care system while trying to fix what doesn't." Remember again that the goal here was to help those who didn't have insurance. Not to destroy the system that worked for millions. Yet now, as a consequence of the Dem's ill considered, intensely partisan law many millions more who previously had health care insurance are about to lose it.
It started with individual policy holders whose policies Obama and the Dems deemed not to be good enough. Apparently, if 60 year old men don't have maternity coverage that's a bad thing. That market may be as high as 16 million. But the bigger shoe to drop is when the employer mandate is implemented after the current exemption expires. That means 93 million more may face the crisis of going without healthcare coverage or signing up for new plans that they may not want, OR NEED! And that's not the end of it.
In total, the number of people put into this dilemma may total 129 million according to this analysis at Forbes.com!
Of course none of this is news. Those who have followed this issue have known about it for years. One of the videos in my You Tube account getting intense viewership recently is the Fox News report I uploaded in June 2010 describing this exact problem. Yet, as we saw from White House videos these reports were attacked with the claim that they were somehow spreading disinformation when the exact opposite is true. It's the White House, which surely knew as much as opponents of ObamaCare knew, that has spread disinformation and misled the American people for years.
Question: Is a law that was passed on the basis of fraud still valid?
The Washington Post Fact Checker gives Obama Four Pinocchios, the equivalent of a pants on fire lie for his continued insistence that if you like your plan you can keep it.
Why is Obama doing this? Again, at the Washington Post columnist Marc Thiessen writes:
It was Obama’s objective from the start to destroy the market in order to fund Obamacare. He wants these people to lose coverage so they have no choice but to sign up for the exchanges. Obama all but admitted this in his Boston speech. “If you’re getting one of these [cancellation] letters, just shop around in the new marketplace,” he declared. In other words, don’t worry if the plan you’re happy with is being cancelled, just join Obamacare! That was the plan all along.The following editorial in the San Diego Union Tribune spells it out:
All of which suggests that Obama’s 16 words were no accident.
Or, put another way, “Obama lied and the individual market died.”
It’s quite possible that the president said this so many times that he came to believe it. But it is a matter of fact that three months after the Affordable Care Act was signed into law in 2010, the Obama administration issued rules that will force the cancellation of vast numbers of policies. This is from the administration’s own words in the Federal Register: “The Departments’ midrange estimate is that 66 percent of small employer plans and 45 percent of large employer plans will relinquish their grandfather status by the end of 2013.”How long will it be before Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) and other brave Republicans who stood up to try and stop this mess are hailed as heroes? Not long now. Not long.
So three years and four months ago, the Obama administration anticipated that some 90 million Americans would be forced to change their coverage. Yet as recently as last month, the president once again said, “If you like your plan, you can keep it.”
This is White House dishonesty on an epic scale. And on Wednesday, instead of apologizing, the administration made things worse. Press Secretary Jay Carney continued to dismiss the cancellation issue, saying only “5 percent” of Americans would be affected. And the president, in a display of epic denial, said that it was the critics who were being “misleading” because they didn’t point out that the policies being canceled were bad policies.
This is surreal. For years, Barack Obama constantly told Americans that if they liked their health coverage status quo, they had nothing to fear from Obamacare.
Then Obamacare begins to roll out, and millions of Americans learn they’re going to lose the plans they like, and how does the president respond? By telling these Americans they should realize they have bad plans that they shouldn’t want.
So the truth isn’t that if you like your health plan, you can keep it. Instead, if the president likes your health plan, you can keep it.
This bait-and-switch isn’t just appalling. It’s obnoxious.
Finally, the cover from the latest edition of New Yorker Magazine: